CWA: Time to Stop Rewarding Contractors That Send Good Jobs Overseas

For Immediate Release: April 25, 2017

Contact: Candice Johnson or Amy Fetherolf, CWA Communications, 202-434-1168, cjohnson@cwa-union.org or afetherolf@cwa-union.org

Washington, D.C. -- Statement by the Communications Workers of America on the report released today on offshoring of good jobs by U.S. government contractors.

Keeping good jobs in the U.S. is a top priority for working people. Corporations that send call center jobs and other good jobs overseas shouldn’t be rewarded with federal contracts.

Despite the campaign promises of President Trump, that’s exactly what’s happening. The new report by Good Jobs Nation and Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch quantifies the extent of offshoring by the largest U.S. government contractors as well as the absence of action by the Trump administration to keep good jobs in the U.S.

CWA has exposed the offshoring of good call center jobs at companies including T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon, Xerox, Sykes Enterprises and many more. We’ve joined with Senators and Members of Congress who have proposed legislation to stop rewarding offshoring and with those who have called on President Trump to sign an executive order that would help keep good call center jobs in the U.S.

“Companies that receive lucrative federal government contracts to provide call center services are among the leading exporters of call center work to overseas locations, eliminating good jobs at home. That's not where our tax money should be going. The U.S. Call Center Worker and Consumer Protection Act will keep good jobs here and hold corporations accountable. That’s what working people want,” said CWA President Chris Shelton.

It’s time for Congress to act, by passing bi-partisan call center legislation that will make U.S. companies that offshore call center jobs ineligible for certain federal grants and loans. And it’s time for President Trump to act, by signing the executive order that blocks corporations that offshore good jobs from receiving federal contracts.

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